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Recent Publication

Recent Publication

The Allure of Japanese Contemporary Ceramics

This eye-opening, bilingual book by Joan B Mirviss has over 100 illustrations including those of museum exhibitions from across the US and numerous comments by collectors and curators. This engaging volume is now available through the gallery.  The price is $49 including domestic shipping.  Please email registrar@mirviss.com to arrange your purchase by credit card.

Koie Ryōji

Koie Ryōji

Tribute to Koie Ryōji (1938-2020)

August 12, 2020

It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the passing of Koie Ryōji, a bold and experimental artist best known for his ceramics. It was only after a long battle that he succumbed at the age of 82. 

Born in 1938 in Tokoname, one of the oldest ceramic centers in Japan, Koie-sensei studied ceramics locally but almost immediately developed his iconoclastic style. Rather than labor to preserve tradition, as a young man, he looked to movements in postwar contemporary art such as the abstract expressionist paintings of Jackson Pollock and the found-object ethos of Mono-ha to constantly challenge received notions of clay art. The gestural application of glazes on his ceramics created dynamic surfaces that reflected this innovative approach. Adept in media other than clay, his happenings and performances explored political themes that were often controversial. His works have entered the permanent collection of prominent museums on five continents.

Forever curious, itinerant, and interdisciplinary in his interests and pursuits, Koie Ryōji's provocative artworks represented a bold new spirit in Japanese clay art, and his loud, bright personality will be greatly missed.